Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome to the Fall 2013 Semester - Getting Started in Your ELI Class

As you prepare for the new semester, the information referenced below will help answer your questions about online learning and get your semester off to a great start!

Blackboard Course Availability:  Your online ELI class should appear in Blackboard on the day that your class is scheduled to begin.  Some instructors may make their course available a few days early.  If your class does not appear in Blackboard by the scheduled start date, please email us at 
Logging Into Blackboard: If you need help logging into Blackboard, please view the How to Log In tutorial on ELI’s website. 
ELI Attendance Requirements: To meet attendance requirements for your course(s), you must log in and complete at least one assignment by the census date.  IMPORTANT: Please be aware that faculty may require one or more assignments be submitted prior to the census date.  Please review your syllabus in Blackboard for your specific course requirements. 
NOVA Email:  Please be certain to use your NOVA email for communication with NOVA faculty and offices.  For instructions to access your NOVA email, please click here.
Review Your Syllabus:  Your syllabus is located in your course Blackboard.  Be sure to review it thoroughly and familiarize yourself with due dates to include testing due dates.  To promote your success, we recommend that you be proactive and try to take your tests a few days early. 
August 21-September 12: ELI Welcome Week Events--ELI will be hosting a number of events to welcome our new and continuing students.  Plan now to participate!  Please click here for a complete listing of our upcoming Welcome Week events!  

Beginning August 21: Campus Welcome Week Events--As an ELI student, you are welcome to take advantage of on-campus resources and events. Many NOVA campuses will be hosting a plethora of Welcome Week activities to include giveaways, games, free food and more!  If you live in the area, consider participating in these events at a nearby campus.
August 19 and August 21: ELI Orientation Webinars:  If you are new to ELI or have not participated in an Orientation, you are encouraged to sign up!  The 45 minute Orientation webinar for NOVA ELI students will focus on answering key questions to getting started at ELI.  Please click here to register for one of the sessions referenced below.
Textbooks:  Course textbooks are referenced on the Alexandria Campus Bookstore website at, click here  and click on SHOP NOW. Next, enter your class via the drop down boxes and then click on ‘Add Course’ (located under the drop down boxes). Next, go to ‘Step Two’ and click on ‘View Textbook List’.  You textbooks will be referenced.

Proctor Requests:  If you are out of the area, it is not too early to submit your Proctor Request.  Requests take 3-5 business days to process so please do not wait until the day before your test to submit your request!
Student Success Coaches:  Questions or concerns, the ELI Success Coaching Team is here to assist you!  We are here to partner with you and provide assistance and resources to promote your academic success. For more information, please email or call 703.764.5076.  ELI offers many resources and tips through our social media channels, so be sure to follow NovaELIfe on Facebook and Twitter.
We wish you an enjoyable and successful semester!

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